Friday, July 28, 2006

DeVos Campaign Gets Dirty With Wikipedia

Members of Dick DeVos' campaign team inappropriately modified a non-partisan encyclopedia article by attempting to remove factual information about DeVos that may be perceived negatively. A Wikipedian using DeVos campaign computers removed and modified information about his background. From the article discussion page:

Envix, protests to the contrary, has edited from a network range associated with the DeVos Campaign. I have banned the range for the next six months, which puts us safely past the November election. Whether he is actually on the payroll or is merely a fellow-traveler is beside the point; he's using DeVos campaign equipment to influence an encyclopedia article. This is completely unacceptable.

The specific changes by the DeVos campaign include:

The "biographical" information was added from the Asian Symposium on Direct Selling, which the editor from the DeVos campaign claims to hold the copyright to. Because of this, it seems reasonably likely that whoever was in the DeVos campaign office is also involved in the "direct selling industry in China (i.e. Amway in China)." I don't find the "China" argument to be particularly compelling in comparison to other aspects of DeVos' history, but this should be interesting to anyone who does.

The individual from the DeVos campaign complained that the Granholm page didn't contain similar information about her. This person is missing a key point -- the information listed relevant biographical information and a part of Dick DeVos' history. Granholm does not have a similar background, so demands that biographical information be removed about DeVos because Granholm doesn't have similar history are unreasonable.

It is unfortunate that the DeVos campaign feels that they must stoop to this level of partisan hackery. Oh well -- if nothing else, its good to know about what they're worried about.

Amway Exposed, Part Three coming Monday.

(cross-posted on Michigan Liberal... front paged!)

EDIT: Thanks to Christine Barry for the plug on this, and the first two parts of the Amway series.


At 12:03 PM, Blogger David A Wishinsky said...

It would seem to me that DeVos, already not a fan of specifics, would like to keep it that way whether it be his campaign promises or his personal background...

At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder who burned down the Ada Bridge on September 9, 1979?

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Sheila said...

Can someone tell me what church Dick DeVos belongs to? Just curious. He is so full of B.S.

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Michigan Resident & life long U.S. Citizen said...

It seems to me that, although DeVos is campaigning hard to win the office of governor, he might get bored with it in a couple years and move on to something else. I'm not sure we need that. Yet, on the other hand, Mrs. Granholm, who claims to be cleaning up a mess that was left behind, has had over 100,000 jobs lost during her terms in office.

What politicians NEED to do is quit saying they'll do stuff and either DO it, or work at getting enough of the general public to SCREAM enough so our lives aren't decided by a popular few who secretly aim to line their pockets or care whether or not our voices being heard.

* inhale * * exhale *

This country needs non-partisan cheerleaders - to pep people up and get us going. I'm tired of being lied to. Not only by our so-called "elected officials", but also the big 800 lb. gorilla corporations, who, not only brain wash their work force, but claim to care about small communities and small businesses when they really dont.

Why is it that after a person makes a million dollars at something, they decide that its not enough. Oh yeah, thats right! Dog-eat-dog, every man for himself, GREED.

Why dont you rich people get bums off the street and pay for them to go to school and learn how to live a meaningful life.

Hmm.. This could take all night. I'm sure you all get the point, or perhaps share my feelings.

People ask why I don't vote. I don't trust a word that comes out of a politicians mouth. And why don't I run if I complain about it? Because, some filthy arsewhole will see to it that I look like a *fill in the blank* in order to get them elected.

Say bye bye to middle class.

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick is like king tu a pyramid builder. He might make a great king! Not thanks for not letting them get away with more propaganda cause that is all Dick Devos uses.

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two comments ... I can't trust a man who never blinks ... is that a Botox thing or what? ...
and ...once upon a time I tried to sell Amway ...but was soon told by my "upidy line" that the company was oriented to "support couples" and since I was a single female (with children ... out of wedlock) I probably would not do ver well with the business.... yup... I stopped right then and there.

Therefore, I would never be able to support a non-blinking multimillionaire who discriminates against single parents who are trying to get themselves out of poverty.

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping on top of him. He is scandalous.

At 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer the questioner re the church that DeVos attends - I believe its LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed in Grand Rapids, MI - one of the wealthiest in town.

Imagine that.


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